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ERIC Number: ED371280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
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Teaching Skill in Theorizing.
Parrott, W. Gerrod
This paper addresses whether theoretical skills, meaning skills in evaluating and improving existing theories and in creating new theories, should be taught in psychology programs. Three questions are posed: (1) Should theoretical skills be taught at all?; (2) How are theoretical skills best taught?; and (3) Which theoretical skills should be taught? In answering the first question, it is conceded that all psychologists employ theory in their work and so theoretical skills should be taught. For the second question, the current pedagogical difference between teaching theoretical skills and research skills is endorsed. While there seems to be no need for classes devoted solely to theory skills, it is suggested that curriculums be sprinkled with the demonstration and practice of such skills and that there should be more emphasis on the difference between declarative knowledge and skills. On the question of which theoretical skills should be taught there are two sources of dissatisfaction: one concerns overall neglect of these skills and the other concerns which skills are being taught. However, the paper claims that schools already teach theoretical skills and this instruction has been at the center of North American psychology curriculums for decades. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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